the 10 most charming small towns in california

While the big three of LA, San Diego & San Francisco get all the glory. California is actually loaded with small towns down its diverse 1,264-mile coast. Here, 12 towns to add to your list.

1. Healdsburg, Ca

Napa Valley is a must for wine lovers but don't skip neighboring Sonoma Country where your starting point should be Healdsburg.

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2. Carmel-by-the-sea, CA

This quaint seaside village just outside of Monterey is known for its cobble stone streets, village feel, and stunning beaches.

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3. Three Rivers, ca

Great for family adventures with whitewater rafting, cave exploration & waterfall hikes.

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4. Cambria, CA

This low-key, small beach town is ideal for a 'get away from it all' break. And the Paso Robles wine country is less than 30 miles away.

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5. Solvang, CA

This Danish-inspired town in the Central Region of the state just might satiate your urge for authentic pastry and cheese from Denmark.

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6. temecula, Ca

This charming town features sweet lavender and soap shops along with olive oil and spices all produced at local farms and vineyards.

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7. Pioneertown, ca

This old-time hideaway in the San Bernardino Mountains has been home to the filming of dozens of westerns over the decades.

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8. LA Jolla, CA

This upscale yet charming village is filled with galleries, shops, and cafes nestled along 7 miles of breathtaking coastline.

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9. Two Harbors, CA

Accessible by a boat ride or helicopter journey, Two Harbors is a tiny rustic town on the west side of Catalina Island.

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10. Ojai, CA

Known as a spiritual artist haven the laid-back area is also perfect for hot springs, hiking trails and farm to fork cafes.

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